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Get out your hairspray and neon spandex: back in their nearly original arrangement, Van Halen have announced their 2015 Tour! With Eddie, Alex, and David Lee Roth all taking the stage, this summer’s tour is sure to be a fantastic stroll down memory lane. Replacing Michael Anthony on bass is Eddie’s son, Wolfgang*, who can definitely more than hold his own against his father’s always-on-point axemanship. Take a walk with us down memory lane with the classic video for Panama:

The 2015 tour in support of their new album, Tokyo Dome in Concert, is crisscrossing the US this summer and fall, and will be supported by self-taught guitar prodigy Kenny Wayne Shepherd. Find dates near you!

*Who names their kid "Wolfgang," I mean, really? ROCK STARS, that’s who. Go sit down.

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What's Trending Wednesday: Van Halen Tour

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Heavy metal band Van Halen has just announced they will embark on a massive North American tour in 2015. The tour, which will take them to every corner of the country, will make stops in almost 40 cities, giving Van Halen fans far and wide a chance to see the band. It will kick off on July 5th in Seattle, WA and will finally wrap up on October 2nd in Los Angeles, CA. As with the band’s last two tours, original Van Halen front man, David Lee Roth will be taking on the role of lead vocalist.

Last time Van Halen went on tour was in 2012 on the “Viva La Van Halen Tour,” which was in support of the band’s twelfth studio album, A Different Kind of Truth. The first leg of the “Viva La Van Halen Tour” went on as planned, but the second North American leg of the tour was postponed and eventually cancelled. While it was rumored that the remainder of the tour was cancelled due to fighting between band members, David Lee Roth released a video denying those rumors, stating, “as usual, we bit off way more than we could chew when it came to scheduling.” The “Viva La Van Halen Tour” had over 90 shows scheduled across three continents, which is a heavy workload for any band, let alone a band whose members were close to 60 years old.

With less than half of the number of shows scheduled this time around, Van Halen fans have little to worry about in terms of dates getting cancelled. Their upcoming tour will follow the release of the album, Tokyo Dome Live in Concert, which will come out on March 31. They are also releasing remastered versions of Van Halen and 1984 on the same day. Later this spring, the band will be releasing new versions of Van Halen II, Women and Children First, Fair Warning and Diver Down. Van Halen, who currently consists of David Lee Roth, Eddie and Alex Van Halen, and Eddie’s son, Wolfgang, will be joined by the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band, who will perform as their opening act.

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A lot's been going on this week in pop culture; here are a few highlights:

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Van Halen postpones tour dates

The 2012 reunion tour of the 80s rock icons began on February 18 and will continue as planned through May 26, but the last three months of the tour have been suddenly and indefinitely postponed, with no reason given. You can read more over at or see remaining Van Halen tour dates.

Donna Summer passes away

Ms. Summer, one of music's greatest hit-makers, passed away on May 17 at the age of 63 after a battle with lung cancer. The singer was active for several decades and won multiple Grammys. Her hits included "She Works Hard for the Money" and "Hot Stuff" (see video at right).

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Van Halen dominates January's concert top 10 list

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It's always interesting to look back at the previous month to see which artists and bands sold the most tickets, because you don't always know what to expect. What may have seemed like an uptick in sales at the beginning of the month may peter out by the end. Likewise, something that didn't even land on the radar on the first day can end up dominating the month by the last day. With that in mind, I present a new monthly TN Team Blog series, where I look back at which artists and bands made the Top 10 list for concert ticket sales on the TicketNetwork Exchange.*

When January started, it seemed to be Coldplay's to own, but any hope of them coming out on top (they were December's #2 act) was quickly shoved aside when the Van Halen schedule was announced on January 6. By the end of the month, Van Halen ticket sales represented nearly 10% of all concert sales on the Exchange. They were without a doubt the number one band; nobody else even came close.


Van Halen tour dates announced

Ever since the news was released last week that Van Halen is going back on tour with original lead man David Lee Roth, and that this lineup is recording a new album, the Internet has practically been buzzing with excitement about it. Well, more information is here at last! Late last night the band finally released the tour dates during a highly anticipated performance at New York City's Cafe Wha?.

The tour begins on February 18 at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, KY, and ends on June 26 at the New Orleans Arena in New Orleans, LA. There will be forty-five concerts by the time everything is said and far, at least. Jazz, funk, and soul band Kool & the Gang will join Van Halen on certain dates. From the press release, it appears the set list will include some songs from the new album as well as a cross-section of hits from throughout the band's history.

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